Lawyer: Ohio State never contacted Courtney Smith about alleged abuse


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A statement from the lawyer of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, said OSU never contacted her to discuss the allegations of domestic abuse.

Zach Smith was fired by OSU on July 24. He denies assaulting Courtney and said any physical injuries she might have suffered were the result of him defending himself. Zach Smith said he discussed the 2015 allegations at the time with Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith.

A letter from Courtney Smith's attorney, Julia Leveridge, sought to clarify matters, specifically that Courtney Smith had not received compensation for interviews, and that she "has made concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse against her ex-husband."

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The letter also stated:

"Courtney Smith is currently involved in two legal matters, criminal trespass involving her ex-husband Zach Smith, and a domestic violence civil protection order she has obtained to ensure her ongoing safety. Ms. Smith will have no further comments until these matters have been resolved. Her focus remains on caring for her two small children and continuing her nursing studies.

"As her attorney, I can tell you that Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University’s investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing, abuse allegations against Zach Smith. We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else. While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university’s current investigation."

Head coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid leave as the university investigates what coach Meyer knew and did about the domestic abuse accusations. The process is expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday night.


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